Bangalore crush Punjab by 10 wickets in must-win IPL game

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Bangalore crush Punjab by 10 wickets in must-win IPL game

Royal Challengers Bangalore's fight to remain in contention for the play-off rounds of the Indian Premier League will face the ultimate test on Thursday as Virat Kohli's men host table-toppers Sunrisers Hyderabad, who have already procured their tickets to the advanced stages of the competition.

Kohli handed the new ball to his two fast bowlers - Umesh Yadav and Tim Southee - and as the match began, it became clear what the plan was against Kings XI's two explosive openers: attack their body and cramp them up for room.

Umesh wasn't done yet, as he got Gayle out in nearly similar fashion off the final ball of his third over.

Sent into bat, Kings XI innings never got going as they lost wickets like pack of cards from the onset to be bowled out in 15.1 overs.

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Bangalore crush Punjab by 10 wickets in must-win IPL game

KXIP had won six of their first seven games and were looking set to reach the playoffs early. But later on, he held a discussion with his partner Axar Patel and withdrew his appeal.

Nothing seemed to go Punjab's way as Finch dropped Kohli just after the Bangalore captain hit seamer Ankit Rajpoot for three boundaries in the third over. Yesterday's match was completely in the hands of RCB and the team has shut the mouth of all the trollers after registering the victory.

Meanwhile, Virat Kohli's wife Anushka Sharma recently posted a picture of herself wearing a T-shirt with husband Kohli's name and jersey number, and following Bangalore's win, Virat had the flawless reply for her. It could all come down to that. Since then, RCB have notched up two comprehensive back-to-back wins, the last, a 10-wicket rout of Kings XI Punjab.

The Delhi-born cricketer has thus far scored 368 runs in 11 innings at an average of 46.0 and a strike rate of 142.08. However, it shouldn't be a surprise if it favour the batsmen as we get a high scoring game. We know the scenario and the only way we can give ourselves that opportunity is by having the desperation.

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